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Joined December 2018

Historical Fiction, Psychological Thrillers, Suspense & Romance are my favorite reads.
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For anyone who loves #historicalfiction or #WW2 @megnews had a great idea to do a #lullabybuddyread for the tagged book. See her post for more information. I'm looking forward to it. All are welcome.

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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This is right up my alley. A few of the historical fiction books I've read set in World War II. #LetsTravelJuly #1940s @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻❤️❤️❤️ 6d
megnews I‘ve been reading in this time period lately and adding to my tbr. Lots here I haven‘t added yet. Thanks! 6d
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#HumpDayPost @DebbieGrillo @MinDea
1. Pool 🏊
2. The Outer Banks, North Carolina 🌊
3. Amazon Prime 📺
4. April Morning 🇺🇸
5. see above photo⤴

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The Light Between Oceans | M. L. Stedman
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A beautifully written story set in Australia. Lucy-Grace was my favorite character, and the one I felt for the most. The adults in this novel drove me crazy with their poor decisions. I lost count how many times I was SMH. Why did Izzy and Tom never consider adoption?
@mvegabec I enjoyed this one. Thanks.

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#unpopularopinion
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Here's my list of #worst6reads of 2019, so far.

SaturnDoo I didn't like Never Let MeGo either🤢..The Dressmaker was just ok. I have the Bell Jar and Poisonwood on my TBR,but won't be in any hurry to read them now 😁❤🤗 Thanks for posting and sharing!!! 2w
PaperbackPirate @sblbooks @SaturnDoo Count me in as another non-fan of Never Let Me Go. 2w
SaturnDoo @PaperbackPirate 😊I remember it as being super boring. The mysterious parts weren't even worth it by the time you got to the end. 😡 2w
sblbooks @SaturnDoo and @paperbackpirate I couldn't even finish Never Let Me Go. 2w
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Johnny Tremain | Esther Hoskins Forbes
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The perfect Independence Day read. A classic coming-of-age story set in colonial Boston. Johnny is a talented Silversmith Apprentice, but after a horrific accident he is forced to make a new life for himself. #Newbery
@OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #USA #letstravelJuly #RedWhiteandBlue #colormepretty @Sweetkokoro

OriginalCyn620 😊📚🇺🇸❤️ 2w
SaturnDoo I like this book. Remember reading it as a class when I was in school ❤ 2w
Peddler410 This is a Newbery I still need to read. 2w
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Fire Sparkling | Julianne MacLean
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#Amazonfirstreads
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Prime Members get two picks this month. I'm excited to read both of these. What did you pick?

Stormborn1992 How funny, I picked the same two books!!! 2w
booksaremyfavorite The Boy Between Worlds and A Fire Sparkling 2w
sblbooks @booksaremyfavorite The Boy Between Worlds was my next choice. I may just have to buy that one. 2w
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booksaremyfavorite @sblbooks ...tough choice this month. 2w
Dragonfairykats I picked the same as @booksaremyfavorite ! 2w
Crazeedi I have to pick mine !! 2w
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Mid-year Report ... | Silk Association of America
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Well, that was harder than I thought it would be. #top6reads @Cinfhen Here's my mid-year report.

MarriedtoMrT Eleanor! ❤️ 2w
MelissaSue81 Eleanor Oliphant!! 2w
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Cinfhen Loved Ordinary Grace...he has a new book coming out 2w
sblbooks @Cinfhen I've got This Tender Land on my TBR. I'll read it sometime. 2w
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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Several good books this month. #JuneWrapUp

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done! Ove & Fikry are two of my faves. 💖📖💖 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We would love for you to join #LitsyLove!!! You can email or whatever you wish!! If you‘re interested my email is loverofbooks75@gmail.com ❤️❤️ 3w
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I just downloaded the library thing app and joined #kindlitsy ☺ such a good idea. Now to find someone to gift.

SaturnDoo 🤢I love this idea/concept, but I don't use Amazon or kindle anymore. I have a LT account but it's not user friendly(for me anyways), I've never been able to figure it out😂 so I just let it sit there. Have fun though 🤗 3w
sblbooks @SaturnDoo LOL, maybe you should try #litsylove. I did not join that one because I have messy handwriting. (Cerebral palsy) They sure seem to have fun though. 3w
SaturnDoo I'm in #litsylove and #jb...awww don't let that stop you from joining #litsylove because you can email members too...we share our physical and email adresses...you can write cards/letters, type letters, send gifts, send emails whatever works best for you. It's all about spreading love, no pressure, no time frames. 💜❤💜❤ 3w
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sblbooks @SaturnDoo I'll think about it, I didn't know about the email option. What's the difference between litsy love and JB? 3w
SaturnDoo @sblbooks nothing really...they are just two different groups hosted by different littens. I know you can join #litsylove anytime JB may be closed. If you decide to join, it's no pressure....you do what you want/can whether it's send a small gift, an email, a package, a card to whomever you want when you want. You can do one person on the list or a few or everyone. It's fun to get that unexpected email or card. The rules is just be respectful 😁 3w
TheBookHippie @sblbooks I type mine ..I have essential tremor .. on good days I can print a messy postcard but it‘s not too often. I type and paste to postcards too. 3w
Crazeedi @sblbooks just join us at #litsylove, you will have fun! No pressure at all! And thank you for the kindle book, it sounds excellent, right up my alley!! 2w
Crazeedi @SaturnDoo yes you are exactly right! It's a lot of fun! 2w
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#nonfiction2019 "something with law or medicine"
This book had a little of everything, literally. This was an interesting listen on Audible, however I was not a fan of the author's use of "sophomoric humor." I would have preferred more facts and less commentary. I'm going to look for more books on some of these topics, any ideas?

Riveted_Reader_Melissa An interesting one from yet another odd point of view... that of a cook... 3w
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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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Another dual timeline, this time in Cuba (1958 and 2017) I enjoyed learning some Cuban history. I will definitely read the sequel. #historicalfiction

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@Shadowfat I made a would you rather questionnaire for you. I'm gathering information to plan your time travel adventure. I have a few ideas already, but would like your input. #staycationintimeswap #SITS If anyone else would like to use, or share this please feel free to do so.

Shadowfat I'll work on this today:) 4w
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Thank you @mvegabec for this wonderful package. I can't wait to dive into the books, and other goodies. #summerreadingswap @rather_be_reading Thanks for hosting.

mvegabec Yey!!! I am happy you like it!! Enjoy this summer and let me know what you think about the books once read!💗😁 1mo
sblbooks @mvegabec I will definitely tag you when I review these. I'm planning on reading them next month. hope you have a great summer! 1mo
megnews The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is one of my favorites. 1mo
rather_be_reading great picks! 🌞 1mo
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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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I would have rated this book a five had it not been for the "shocking twist" toward the end.?
Despite that it was a excellent read, based on the Fugate family of Kentucky, and the pack horse Librarians of the 1930s. I love novels based on true events! #historicalfiction

MrBook Me too! 😁 1mo
Crazeedi I had this book borrowed and it got taken back before I read it, going to have to get in line again 1mo
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The Orphan's Tale | Pam Jenoff
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A different take on the Holocaust story. A German traveling circus hides Jews. the story focuses more on the day-to-day life in the circus. The author does not go into a lot of detail about the atrocities committed by the Nazis. Overall, I found it an interesting story.

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Look what I found while trying to clean up my bookshelves today. I totally forgot about having this series: The Caroline Years. They're a prequel to The Little House series. I'll have to find time to re-read these soon. #juvenilefiction #middlegrade

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww I loved these!!! 1mo
BethM Never heard of them! 1mo
annahenke Love these 1mo
sblbooks @BethM there's actually three more sets. The Charlotte years (Laura's grandmother) The Martha years (Laura's great-grandmother) and the Rose years (Laura's daughter) 1mo
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Never Let Me Go | Kazuo Ishiguro
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💤 2:39 hours in with over 7 to go. I just don't think I can do it. Did anyone else have problems getting through this one?

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Summer Reading | Hilma Wolitzer
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My package has arrived! I'm so excited! A big thank you to @rather_be_reading and @mvegabec #summerreadingswap

mvegabec Yey!! I am so excited!! I hope you enjoy them! 1mo
sblbooks @mvegabec I'm sure I will. 1mo
rather_be_reading yay!! 🌞 1mo
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Necessary Lies | Diane Chamberlain
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A shocking novel set in rural #NorthCarolina in 1960. Ivy's story will stay with you a long time. A time in history I have read little about, this novel will make you want to learn more about the Eugenics program. Social workers/State officials had the right to recommend forced sterilizations for someone with a disability. It's unbelievable to me that this went on until the year before I was born.
#historicalfiction

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It's coming a monsoon in my #litsyneighborhood today. @MrBook

MrBook Looks beautiful! We‘ve had lots of rain too, ugh. 1mo
SaturnDoo Get those mg books out 😁 good view for reading ❤ it! 1mo
sblbooks @MrBook Thanks, we needed some but not this much at one time. 1mo
sblbooks @SaturnDoo This is definitely good reading weather. I'm currently reading 1mo
Recommended4Reading @sblbooks Rain is something we have not been lacking in Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood (Pittsburgh), but we have had several days of sun here. May was one heck of a rainy month, but the trees look absolutely beautiful! 1mo
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Sold on a Monday: A Novel | Kristina Mcmorris
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In honor of D-Day I listened to these two audiobooks today. I'm thankful for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Summer Reading | Hilma Wolitzer
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@rather_be_reading My #SummerReadingSwap package was mailed today. It's making its way across the country, and should be there in a few days.

rather_be_reading awesome! 🌞 1mo
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I was hoping someone would do a swap like this. A big thank you to @Chrissyreadit for hosting the #staycationintimeswap. I just signed up! #SITS I can't wait to be transported back in time to my destination. Here is the link if you're interested. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7L8CLF9

Chrissyreadit Yay! So glad and thank you for posting! 2mo
BethM Cool@swap! 2mo
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After Zero | Christina Collins
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The last book of the month was my favorite. I can really see myself in this book, it brings back a lot of memories of when I was 12. After Zero will really pull at your Heartstrings. If you're a "quiet" person, you should read this book.
#MiddleGradeMay @megnews @SaturnDoo
#Maystats #stats

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The Magic Half | Annie Barrows
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When the Gill family moves into an old farmhouse, no one realizes they have portals to another time on the property. I really like this series, lots of adventure, history and #timetravel. #MiddleGradeMay @megnews @SaturnDoo

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I would recommend this book as an introduction to mental illness, for young readers.
Another beautiful book for my home state. #NC #NorthCarolina #MiddleGradeMay @SaturnDoo @megnews

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The Journey of Little Charlie | Christopher Paul Curtis
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The Journey of little Charlie was an excellent #historicalfiction novel. The narration on the audiobook was also very well done. In 1858 Charlie's father is killed. He is then forced by a evil slave hunter go on a journey tracking runaway slaves. Will Charlie go along with the plan to bring slaves back to the South, or will he try to help them Escape? #MiddleGradeMay @SaturnDoo @megnews

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Prisoner 88 | Leah Pileggi
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This one was between a pick and so-so for me. #historicalfiction that was based on the true story of a 10 year old that was sent to an adult prison in Idaho in 1885. It was interesting, I just wish the author had spent more time to develop the story.
#MiddleGradeMay @megnews @SaturnDoo

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The Bicycle Spy | Yona Zeldis McDonough
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Set during World War II in a small town in France. Marcel is 12 years old, he rides his bike making deliveries for his parents bakery. One day he finds a secret note in a loaf of bread, and realizes his parents are part of the resistance. He then befriends the new Jewish girl at school. When a bully finds out and reports her, Marcel and his parents must help her escape the Nazis.
#historicalfiction #MiddleGradeMay @SaturnDoo @megnews

SaturnDoo This looks good. I ❤ HF!!!! 2mo
sblbooks @SaturnDoo historical fiction is probably my favorite genre 2mo
megnews @sblbooks @saturndoo Historical Fiction is my favorite genre too. 2mo
SaturnDoo @sblbooks @megnews wow, we have more in common than just middle grade books 💜 I am really going to have to keep up with both of you and what you're reading. I was just thinking today about how I was going to miss the tags when the month was over. I have been really enjoying it. I have a few more that I hope to finish this weekend/week ☺ 2mo
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Cinnamon Moon | Tess Hilmo
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I never heard of the Peshtigo, Wisconsin fire before I read Cinnamon Moon. This was a great historical fiction book about the aftermath of this fire and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. I highly recommended it. #MiddleGradeMay @megnews @SaturnDoo

megnews I have this checked out and I‘m trying really hard to get to it before the end of the month. 2mo
SaturnDoo I'm glad you got to read this and loved it. I may have to read it again 😊❤💜🙌 2mo
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Crenshaw | Katherine Applegate
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"Imaginary friends a like books. We're created, we're enjoyed, we're dogeared and creased, and then we're tucked away until we're needed again."
An enjoyable read about family struggles, and homelessness.
#MiddleGradeMay @SaturnDoo @megnews

CouronneDhiver I really liked this one too 😊 2mo
Addison_Reads 💚 Such a heartfelt read. 2mo
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Bridge to Terabithia | Katherine Paterson
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I loved all of these books, but they were so sad. #notearslefttocry #amonthofsongs @original @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#MiddleGradeMay -the tagged book😭

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😭😭😭 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🎶 2mo
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The Bridge Home | Padma Venkatraman
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If you like Amal Unbound, you will love this book. It's the story of Two Sisters who run away from their abusive home. On the streets of India they find two homeless boys and a stray dog. Together they try to make a home under a bridge. They make money by going through the trash searching for things to sell and making jewelry; but when the rainy season comes and things get complicated...
#MiddleGradeMay @SaturnDoo @megnews

SaturnDoo I did like Amal Unbound so I added this to my TBR and I will look for it on my next library trip 😊Thanks for the recommendation!!! 2mo
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Wish | Barbara O'Connor
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A touching story of a girl and her dog. Charlie learns that love comes when you least expect it.
#MiddleGradeMay @SaturnDoo @megnews

Peddler410 I read this back in the early days of #mgbuddyread and loved it. My daughter loves it so much, She‘s read it twice! 😊 (edited) 2mo
sblbooks @Peddler410 I'm sorry I missed that month. I only joined litsy in December. 2mo
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The #classic Shirley Temple movie A Little Princess was one of my #childhoodfavorites. Ironically, I have never read, or listened to the book until today. I'm so glad I found it on Overdrive.
#MiddleGradeMay @megnews @SaturnDoo

megnews I had to have watched this a million times growing up. 2mo
Stacypatrice One of my favorites too 😀 2mo
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I adored this little book, so fun. This is one I feel that a middle grade student would actually pick for themselves. It's reminiscent of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or Wit's End from the Adventures in Odyssey series ☺ The bottom picture is one I took of my small #hometownlibrary. #MiddleGradeMay @megnews @SaturnDoo

Peddler410 Book four just came out last week! I have loved them all so far 😊❤️ 2mo
megnews I checked this out the other day. Hoping to get to it this month. 2mo
sblbooks @Peddler410 I added the rest to my Goodreads TBR 😀 2mo
SaturnDoo I went to the library today and started looking for some of the books that you and @megnews have been posting. Will look for this one on the next trip. Love your cute lil library❤😊😍 2mo
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Harbor Me | Jacqueline Woodson
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My Sunday afternoon listen on Audible. Harbor: verb to give shelter to, to offer Refuge to. A diverse middle grade read, I like how the six kids in the story support each other.
#MiddleGradeMay @megnews @SaturnDoo

megnews I liked this one. Have you read Woodson‘s Another Brooklyn or Brown Girl Dreaming? I loved them. (edited) 2mo
sblbooks @megnews No I haven't. This is the first book I've read by this author. 2mo
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This is what I bought my mom for Mother's Day. I can't wait to see her reaction. She likes to read books about British history, so I'm hoping this will be a good one.

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Road to Tater Hill | Edith Morris Hemingway
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Set in my home state of #NorthCarolina. I highly recommend this heart-wrenching tale. 10 year old Annie deals with grief after the loss of her newborn sister. The part about the "rock baby" really got me?
#NC #MiddleGradeMay @megnews @SaturnDoo
*After the two of read today, I should probably try to find some more lighthearted reads.

SaturnDoo This one looks good ❤ stack add 👍 2mo
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The Time Traveler's Wife | Audrey Niffenegger
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@Slajaunie It's here! Thank you again! #litsymail 💌📬

Slajaunie Enjoy! 2mo
marleed If I could only keep 25 novels from my library wall, this would be on the stack. 2mo
sblbooks @marleed It's one of my favorites too, made my 18 of 2018 last year. 2mo
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On My Honor | Marion Dane Bauer
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I just listened to this1986 #Newbery Honor book for the first time. It was such a tragic story with hard life lessons. According to what I read on the internet, it was based on true events which makes it even sadder.
I thought I remembered watching this on an ABC Afterschool special, when I was a kid. Does anyone else remember that? I couldn't find it on YouTube, I wanted to watch it again. #MiddleGradeMay @SaturnDoo @megnews

marleed I used to read tween books with my daughter and chose the Newberry books because if she liked them they‘d still be around for her kids. We sure read a lot of dead tween books! I‘d cry. My daughter would laugh at me - not a cryer! 2mo
Peddler410 This is one that had stayed with me forever. I was in middle school when it came out and read it at that time. 2mo
megnews I had not heard of this. How sad. 2mo
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Road to Tater Hill | Edith M. Hemingway
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I thought I would share a bookish quote from my current read. I'm loving this book so far.❤📖

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Overall this is a good young middle grade biblical fiction series. It's not an exact retelling of the Bible. Each book has a kid from present day America that finds themselves transported back to Biblical times, are now part of their favorite Bible story. The series reminds me of #AdventuresinOdyssey.
#MiddleGradeMay @megnews

megnews I love Adventures in Odyssey! 2mo
sblbooks @megnews me too! 2mo
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Catherine, Called Birdy | Karen Cushman
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I liked the history, and journal entry writing style. It's an entertaining story, but Catherine constantly taking the Lord's name in vain, ruined it for me.
#MiddleGradeMay
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megnews I like journal entry style writing too but that would‘ve ruined it for me as well. 2mo
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Bob | Wendy Mass, Rebecca Stead
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Bob was this month's #mgbuddyread selection. It was just okay for me, as an adult. This would be a cute story for a 6 to 8 year old. I would categorize it as an #earlygrade rather than a #middlegrade novel.
#MiddleGradeMay @megnews

Peddler410 I originally started this as a Netgalley ARC awhile ago. I didn‘t finish it 😔 I do plan to give it another chance for the buddy read. (edited) 2mo
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Jaws | Peter Benchley
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#MayMadness
The best #booktomovie adaptation is #Jaws
My honorable mentions include:
The Outsiders
The Princess Bride
Somewhere in Time
#70smovies
#80smovies
@TheReadingMermaid @RadicalReader @Clwojick

Clwojick 🦈🦈🦈🦈🦈 2mo
TheReadingMermaid Fantastic one!!! 2mo
RadicalReader I remember watching this movie in high school Film Studies 2mo
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The War that Saved My Life | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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I just finished this wonderful duology. I can see why it was a #Newbery honor book. It's great for fans of Anne of Green Gables, or history lovers. #WW2 #middlegradeMay is off to an amazing start, these two will be hard to beat.
@megnews Have you read these?

megnews I have not but The War that Saved My Life is on my tbr. 3mo
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Diary of a Young Girl | Anne Frank
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Repost for @Cinfhen In honor of Israel's national Holocaust Remembrance Day.✡ To lihgt your own candle go to illuminatethepast.Org #neverforget

Cinfhen Thank you for lighting a candle and honoring a stolen life 💔and thank you for sharing the site 3mo
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